OECD due diligence guidance

Businesses play a major role in contributing to economic, environmental and social progress.

Businesses that effectively implement the responsible business conduct standards under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct (OECD Guidelines) can minimise the adverse impacts of their operations, supply chains and other business relationships.

OECD Guidelines

The OECD Guidelines recommend that enterprises conduct due diligence to identify, prevent or mitigate actual and potential adverse impacts from their business activities.

General due diligence guidance

The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct (Due diligence guidance) provides practical and plain language explanations for businesses on how to implement the OECD Guidelines. 

Address and avoid adverse impacts

The guidance can help enterprises address and avoid adverse impacts related to:

  • workers
  • human rights
  • environment
  • bribery
  • consumers and corporate governance associated with their:
    • operations
    • supply chains
    • other business relationships.

Business benefits

Businesses that implement due diligence for responsible business conduct will be able to:

  • build supply chain resilience
  • manage uncertainty
  • drive long‑term value.

Sector‑specific due diligence guidance

The OECD developed due diligence guidance to help specific sectors implement the OECD Guidelines and prevent or mitigate adverse impacts from their business activities.

It helps sectors address risks to people, the environment and society associated with their particular business sector operations, products or services.

The guidance includes explanations, tips and examples of due diligence for the following sectors: